East Union’s offense is on a roll.
After going all season without a scoring 10 or more runs, the Lancers have done so in three straight including Thursday’s 11-6 win over visiting Lathrop at Agostini Field. They’ve won all three of those games and look to carry that momentum into their pivotal two-game set with Central Catholic.
East Union (5-3 Valley Oak League, 8-9 overall) spotted pitcher Adrian Sevier-Affleje (four strikeouts, four walks, one hit batter) a three-run lead in the first inning. Leadoff hitter Eric Flores reached on an error and scored from second on a wild pitch, and Mason James later stroked a two-run single.
Lathrop tied it at 4-4 with a three-run rally in the third, but Brayden Hardcastle helped the Lancers break away with RBI hits in the fourth and sixth when they plated a total of seven runs.
Hardcastle and James, both sophomores, each went 2 for 3, and East Union totaled nine hits and was aided by five errors. Flores plated three runs. Keenan Donatelli and Diego Chavez had two hits and two runs apiece for the Spartans (1-7, 4-10-1).
Modesto Christian 1
SALIDA — The Indians (6-0, 16-3) remain alone in first after Luke Petker hurled a five-inning three-hitter with seven strikeouts.
Ripon did most of its damage in the first two innings when it exploded for 11 runs. Sammy Souza finished 2 for 4 with a triple and three RBIs. Andrew Durrer and Eric Jaquez both knocked in a pair of runs, and Matt DeDonatis plated three.
East Union 3, Manteca 1
Reliever Sammy Nieves pitched 3 1/3 innings for the win, as the Lancers completed the series sweep at Manteca. Starter Andrew Mount and Anthony Contreras (three innings) were part of the combined four-hitter.
Daniel Ruiz (two runs) and Tyrus Harper each went 2 for 3. Mount added two RBIs.